Barbecue restaurants in Washington, DC
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A must for Texas-style BBQ lovers, with piled-high portions of smoked meat and plenty o' slaw on the side; try the brisket sandwich. A very casual eating environment, usually packed at lunch with journalists, office workers and other city folk.
Straight from Texas by way of, uh, Manhattan, Hill Country made fast friends following its opening in 2011. The ribs, chicken and sausage are all respectable, but the brisket (order it 'moist') is phenomenal. The barn-sized space fills with noisy chatter most nights, and it's all very informal – order your sides and meat by the pound from the smokemasters in back. There's live music (downstairs) from Tuesday to Saturday.